Moove Posted May 21, 2019 Share Posted May 21, 2019 5 hours ago, Lowdesert said: Wigan v Hull in Oz was innovative so was the game last weekend,. Genuine question Spud. Innovative but was it successful? I must admit I'm still not sure what the point of that Wigan-Hull game was. More generally, I think there has to be a bit of strategy behind it. Clearly Catalans playing at Camp Nou is a great way to connect with the wider Catalans region they represent, potentially increasing fanbase, sponsorship opportunities or maybe just simple brand awareness. If the RFL/SL had been commited to the Canadian influence I think holding a top level game there at a bigger stadium alongside a Toronto fixture might have been a useful idea. It still might be a useful idea in Ottawa and New York. But elsewhere I'm not convinced the benefits stack up against the costs for many suggestions. What would Wigan really get from playing at Bolton, or Saints at Anfield to offset the expense (hiring such stadia isn't cheap, not to mention the additional marketing it would involve to get a decent crowd)? A broader game-wide strategy might be a better option with the clubs collectively funding an event (or events) to expand the sport's reach. Maybe something like playing a round of fixtures all on the same weekend in the same stadium located in an area worth targeting for growth of the sport. Like say Newcastle. That would be a magic idea. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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